Photographing sports – FMX in Barcelona

Photographing sports – FMX in Barcelona

One of the sports that always generate much desire in me is the FMX or Feestyle Motocross , it is a spectacular sport since the tricks have a considerable height and the pirouettes do not have a simple definition. Spectacular, impressive, what happened … All these expressions are pronounced in each of the tricks product of the sum of Motocross and Freestyle .


A gerund that I would like to use constantly, sometimes in a loop, would be “Photographing sports – FMX in Barcelona” . It would mean that here, the one who speaks to you, would be enjoying to the fullest, making a session as a sports photographer .

The FMX is one of those extreme sports that few dare to practice, an extreme sport, a brave sport. Unfortunately it is not a big sport in this country and therefore there are no important investments that could increase the level and number of riders. And for the same reason there is not an FMX competition every weekend either.


The FMX photo that I share in this post was made in the LKXA Barcelona Extreme Festival of 2011 , is taken against the light and quite distance with a Canon EF-S 55-250 mm F3.5-5.6 lens with two-step image stabilizer . When taking the picture in the backlight I had to make a Dodge & Burn to balance the lighting of the scene a little.


FMX at the LKXA Barcelona Extreme Festival

One of the events that brings together FMX riders is the LKXA Barcelona Extreme Festival, it is an event that takes place every June in Barcelona and that I have had the pleasure of attending in the last two editions. Within the event several extreme sports meet, some of them more popular than others but all are extreme sports. I do not have data nor I have looked for them, but during the weekend that the event is celebrated I do not know how many people go to the LKXA.

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High Key or high key in photography

High Key or high key in photography

High Key o clave alta en fotografíaWhat is a High Key? What is the deficit of high key and how to get a photo with this photographic technique. Those are going to be the topics of this article that I publish today in my photography blog . First of all comment that the translation of the photographic technique from High Key to Spanish is key high .


Definition of High Key:

The technique of High Key or high key in photography is a technique in which the predominant tones are white , by extension also all those close to this color. Currently soft fluorescent lights are usually used.

It began to be used in the 50s and 60s by means of a certain lighting scheme. Central light, left side light and right side light.

The light in this type of photography is also predominant and medium or hard shadows must be avoided at all costs .

This type of photography provides an angelic or pure atmosphere, based precisely on this type of lighting. The protagonists of this type of photographs are usually portraits. Baby portraits made with the High Key technique have a perfect atmosphere for photos of newborns.


How to get a High Key?

It is achieved by the use of several sources of artificial lighting in combination or not with a source of natural light and some light modifiers.

Exceptionally you can also get photos in High Key using a natural light source using diffusers and / or reflectors that help us optimize the light to get a high key, although this last technique is very unusual and 95% of the photos performed in this way are usually post-processed.

It is highly recommended the use of light modifiers that allow us to optimize the exposure we want to achieve. The photograph to be made should have a slight underexposure and it is highly recommended to use a white cyclorama for the background or otherwise any wall or pattern with this color.

If as a result of this lighting we obtain some area of ​​the photo with a slight overexposure, we should not worry as it is usual in portraits made with the High Key technique.


Technique used for the high key of the example

To make the portrait in High Key , or high key, which accompanies this text, two sources of artificial light have been used. Specifically, there were two cobra type flashes from different manufacturers and qualities.

This technique is known as strobist, so the example high-key has been achieved by strobist.

A flash of the Canon brand, model 430 EX-II, was used on the camera’s shoe and bounced to the ceiling with a 45-degree rearward tilt. The flash had mounted a simple sto-fen type plastic diffuser that markedly improved the diffusion of the light and was regulated to a power of + 1 1/3.

To the right and a distance of one meter, a flash of the brand Nissin model Di622 Mark-II was used at a height of less than 1 meter and with ascending orientation. This flash was regulated to 2/3 of power since it does not allow to personalize the firing power in steps. No light modifier was used for this fill flash.

A diaphragm aperture of F6.3 was set, exposure time of 1/125 seconds and an ISO speed of 100. The body of the camera was of the Canon range of the large public and a Tokina lens was used 28-80 millimeters F2. 8 SD.

To consider:

For the realization of this portrait in high key by means of strobist a simple equipment of professional photography has been used. The high key illustrated in this article would have been greatly improved by the addition of a third flash and other light modifiers available for each source of artificial lighting.


Post processed portrait

Being a close-up, slight imperfections of the model on the skin have been corrected. Although these were not too many since the method of lighting used for this portrait improved the fact that Jessica Andreu, the model of this photo, has a very clean skin and in previous portraits has not needed excessive corrections on the skin.

No parameters have been modified to improve the illumination of this portrait in low key, although necessary adjustments have been made for this type of photography.

And that’s it, I hope I have contributed my bit with this article “High Key or high key in photography . See you soon.


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The X-Games will be in Barcelona in May 2013

The X-Games will be in Barcelona in May 2013

The X-Games will be in Barcelona in May 2013 with the best international riders:

The X-Games will be in Barcelona in May 2013 with the best international riders of Moto-X (FMX), Skateboard, BMX and Rally. It is an event that has been awarded to the city of Barcelona for the coming seasons as well. So there will be other opportunities to see the best riders of these extreme sports later, but … Are you going to miss it?

X-Games is the most popular competition in the world in these sports. So we will be able to see the best tricks of these sports, since the participating riders are the best. Barcelona is preparing for an event that will leave its mark on the city, and that without a doubt, will be the best sporting event of the year.

The event will be held from May 16 to 19 at the Olympic ring in Barcelona. With an available area of ​​31,000 square meters for competition.

The main sports will be the moto x (fmx for us), the bmx, the skateboard and the rally. In all of them there are several categories, like for example the best trick of Moto X, as you will see in the video of this blog article, BMX street, etc …

I am already imagining some photos of fmx in Palau Sant Jordi.

The tickets are already available, if you want more information you can find it on the official website of the X-Games Barcelona. , look for more information there if you are interested in the event.

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Depth of field in photography

The depth of field in photography

If we have the representation in three dimensions of a scene the depth of field in photography is understood as the part of the image sharp or focused. If we have a wide depth of field it will mean that the part of the image that will appear focused from the first plane to infinity will be remarkable. On the other hand, if we say that a photograph has a shallow depth of field, we are referring to the fact that, except for the distance in focus, the rest of the photo has a lens blur. As I said in some other occasion, photography brings together a number of rules and laws to know. In the same way I have also published the opinion that the rules and regulations in photography can be omitted on purpose if our search for the image requires it.

Photography with a very shallow depth of field , taken with a Canon Eos large public reflex camera and a Canon 50 mm F1.8 II lens. Diaphragm aperture F1.8, exposure time 1/2000 seconds and Iso 100 sensitivity, taken in summer 2009 near Hotel Vela de Barcelona .

Use of depth of field:

There are photographic commands that reiterate the use of depth of field in one direction or another, I recommend you look for information about the depth of field to make some types of photographs. Landscapes, architectural photography, portraits … You will find a myriad of contradictory recommendations if the source of information is different and the subject itself, the depth of field in photography.

Photographic laws and depth of field:

My entry today is as ambiguous as ever and does not intend to position itself in any of the photographic laws regarding the depth of field. It does not pretend to be a professor since I am not an “Awarded photographer” nor is it my intention. My goal today is to make known to those who do not know what factors influence depth of field .

Factors that influence the depth of field in photography:

There are 4 factors that influence the depth of field in photography, the sum of the 4 increases or decreases the depth of field perceived by our sight. The depth of field only exists in a reproduction, it is not an intrinsic property of an objective since it depends on different combinable values ​​that could modify it. These are the 4 factors that influence the depth of field:

Focal distance:

The focal distance in photography is the multiplication of the millimeters of the objective that we use for the factor of multiplication of the sensor. To facilitate the understanding of this concept, a professional high-end reflex camera usually has a factor of 1. This makes us call them “full-frame”. A semiprofessional reflex camera body or for the general public has a multiplication factor added to the millimeters of our objective. In this way, a 250-millimeter lens mounted on a sensor with a 1.6 multiplication factor converts it into a 400-millimeter one. Or what is the same, has a focal distance of 400 millimeters. In a summarized and generalized way we can say that the greater the focal distance we will have, the less depth of field.

Diaphragm opening:

The diaphragm is the mechanism that allows light to enter the sensor of our reflex camera. In automatic modes it is regulated automatically while in semiautomatic modes it is possible to regulate it and in manual mode we can regulate it completely at our whim. It is identified in our team as the value that is behind the F that indicates the screen or the dial. The lower the F number (diaphragm), the greater the light input on the sensor is, in reverse, the higher the F number in our equipment, the lower the light input to the sensor of our camera. It can be summarized and generalized that at a lower F number, less depth of field.

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